On the market: Dartmouth Square
Few people know that one of Ranelagh's most prestigious squares of period homes was actually once a city dump.
The last fields and farms of Ranelagh in Dublin 6 were handed over to the city council in the late half of the 19th Century for use as a "dumping ground".
Part of the reason for this was to raise the level of the land to make it more suitable for development in what is now the park at Dartmouth Square. The Square itself was developed during the 1890s, making it one of Dublin's last great historic garden squares.
Today the houses here are as sought after as they were 123 years ago with Ranelagh being the most hotly contested residential enclave in the capital at the moment according to a straw poll of agents conducted in the Autumn.
Stretching to almost 3,000 square feet is one of these landmark two over-garden-level Victorian homes at 35 Dartmouth Square. Modernised and upgraded, it still has many of the features which attracted its first owner – bright, airy interiors, elegant cornicing work and period chimney pieces.
Accommodation includes two formal reception rooms, a butler's pantry, a study, three bedrooms of which two are ensuite, a big kitchen/breakfastroom, a garden room, a sewing room and two bathrooms.
At the back is a patio garden while the two acre square, once a private park for residence, is now a much loved public amenity and the perfect place for children to play safely.
A big advantage here is the Luas stop, located near the restaurants and boutiques of Ranelagh Village as well as the more robust mainstream shopping facilities and cinemas at the Rathmines Swan Centre. Stephen's Green is a half hour's walk away.
Agent Owen Reilly ( 01-28830200) seeks offers in the order of €1.4m.